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CAIR-CA to Hold 11th Annual Muslim Youth Leadership Conference at State Capitol

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 7/29/15) – Beginning Thursday, July 30, the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) will hold its 11th annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLP) at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

WHEN: Thursday, July 30 – Sunday, August 2 

Assembly Floor Session: Saturday, August 1 at 3:30 PM

WHERE: State Capitol, Sacramento, California

CONTACT: CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, 916.441.6269,; CAIR-SV Programs & Development Coordinator Maheen Ahmed 916.605.609, 

The annual conference brings together more than 40 Muslim high school students from across the state to participate in workshops on community organizing, leadership development and public speaking. 

These participants, who have shown exemplary leadership skills in their own communities, will take part in a “mock legislature” session and serve as legislators as they debate public policy issues and prepare bills to be presented on the State Capitol Senate floor. 

This session, a program highlight, will allow participants to gain a deeper, practical understanding of how bills are reviewed and laws are born in the California legislature.

“The vision behind MYLP when it was first created in 2005 was to provide a training ground for our community's youth,” said MYLP Chair Basim Elkarra. “It is our goal for our participants to return home and empower their peers and community members.”

This year, CAIR-CA celebrates its 11th annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program. More than 400 California students have participated in the Muslim Youth Leadership Program since its first conference in 2005.The program's graduates have moved on to become community activists -many of whom have created their own non-profit organizations, and taken on groundbreaking leadership roles.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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